“What makeup brush set should i buy?” is the golden question on all of our lips, and one which shouldn’t be taken lightly – brushes are an investment piece, and can often ring in at a substantial price tag, depending on the quality and number of brushes you’re after. If you never know where to start when it comes to finding the best makeup brushes, look no further. Whether you’re looking for a cheap brush kit that won’t break the bank, or you want a professional-worthy set, these are the top-rated tools in the UK.What are the best makeup brushes?
Different brands offer different pros and cons, but a good place to start is carrying out a few quality checks. According to Zoeva founder Zoe Boiku, if the tip of a brush feels rough and that the individual bristles are thick and blunt, they have been cut into shape (a bad sign). “It should be laid into shape in a specific mould, and bound together with string.” Look out for brushes with several layers of lacquer on the handle, which protects the brush handle from swelling in humid air. Spectrum founders Sophie and Hannah Pycroft also advise choosing “densely packed” brushes, and James prefers a weighted brush, which helps with leverage and control, and a copper or nickel ferrule (the metal part where the bristles meet the handle), as aluminium ferrules dent more easily.
The Best Holiday Makeup Brush Sets
Your makeup application is only as flawless as the tools you use to sweep, swirl, and blend it in place. Whether creating smoldering eyes or chiseled cheekbones, these are the sets you want in your arsenal.
Your makeup application is only as flawless as the tools you use to sweep, swirl, and blend it in place. Whether creating smoldering eyes or chiseled cheekbones, these are the sets you want in your arsenal. Ahead, the 13 best makeup brush sets to gift your favorite beauty-obsessed friend this holiday season (or just buy them for yourself).1BrushCraft 5 Brush Set
Most makeup brushes were designed to be used on someone else. The unique shape of Artis brushes makes it easier to do your own makeup 2MAC Brush With The Stars Set
MAC makeup brushes are pretty much the industry standard. This new set gives five must-have brushes a rose gold and glittery treatment.3e.l.f. Brush Set Cotton Candy Face & Eye
At only $10, this set of four ELF makeup brushes is the perfect stocking stuffer.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
4MOSCHINO + SEPHORA Pencil Brush Set
Do you really need makeup brushes shaped like pencils? No. But they’re so adorably kitschy, it’s worth splurging a little to add them to your collection. 5Paint the Town Travel Size Brush Set
This set of five multi-purpose travel brushes is all you need to do an unlimited amount of eye, blush, and highlighter looks. 6Studio 54 Brush Set
Come for the pro luxurious and plush brushes, stay for the Studio 54-inspired sequin carrying case.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
7Real Techniques Make Up Must Have Brush Kit
Four must-have brushes and that signature orange beauty sponge in one set perfect to gift the beauty lover in your life (or yourself).8Baking & Strobing Brush Set
Sigma’s brushes are the perfect mix of functional and durable. If cared for correctly, these brushes should last you through several holiday seasons.9Vegan Travel Brush Set
Hourglass’s chic travel set of brushes for your eyes, foundation, powder, and blush are totally vegan. ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
10EmaxDesign 12 Pieces Makeup Brush Set
At only $9.99, this highly-rated Amazon find has every kind of brush you could possibly need to contour, bake, smoke, and define.